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- She looks ready to hold court. Were you? Some moms love a constant parade of well-wishers and ooher and ahhers coming through their rooms; others prefer to keep that time more private and intimate. Having given birth twice, I can say that I definitely lean more toward the latter. Close family and close friends are plenty for me. And if my close friends would rather wait to see me when I get home, I'm cool with that, too (I tell them this ahead of time because I don't want anyone to feel obliged to come see me, which I think is often the case). I have vaginal births so I'm only in the hospital for two days, max (with my second it was 25 hours). And most of that time is spent resting, recovering, bonding with the baby, bonding with my husband about the baby, processing the fact that a human just came out of me, feeding the baby, feeding myself, showering, going to the bathroom, etc. All things that, if you ask me, I'd rather do without an audience.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:56 AM EST
McDonald's? Yep, a 4-year-old New York City boy, but his dad David Schorr said nope. Now Schorr, embroiled in a child custody case, is suing a court-appointed psychiatrist for defamation for deeming him "wholly incapable of taking care of his son" after he refused to let his kid eat dinner at McDonald’s.Did somebody say Read More »from How Saying No to McDonald's Might Lead to Dad Losing Custody
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"You’d think it was sexual molestation," Schorr, an attorney-turned-consultant, tells the New York Post. "I am just floored by it."
The trouble began last week, the Post explained Thursday, when Schorr was scheduled to take his son to their usual neighborhood restaurant for their weekly Tuesday-night visit. But that night the child dug in his heels about wanting to go to McDonald's instead. Schorr, who felt the boy had been eating too much junk food lately, refused, saying he could eat anywhere else but the fast-food joint — or have no dinner at all.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:47 AM EST
When you think of all the wonderful things about living in a small town, you probably think of stuff like the slower pace of life, the lack of lines and traffic, inhaling fresh, clean country air, and knowing dirt on every third person you encounter in the grocery store. And those are all great reasons for moving to a small town (though not so great when your fellow grocery shoppers know all the dirt on you). But that's not why I like living in a small town. No, I like small town life because it means I get to eat things like Taco in a Bag at the local county fair and enjoy a faint whiff of potpourri every time I step into the ladies room at my local municipal park. That, my friends, is the true splendor of small town living. Feel free to click through 7 more of those reasons here. -By Jessie KnadlerRead More »from 7 Truly Wonderful Things About Living in a Small Town
- Martha Stewart | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:34 AM EST
Not all the gifts your child receives will be hits. Explain to him ahead of time that the gift giver's thoughtfulness should be appreciated all the same.
Suggest specific things to say when he opens the present. For example, he can mention something that he does like about the item, such as "Red is my favorite color!" Let him know that a simple but enthusiastic "thank you" will be fine, too.
Replace 2nd section with: Kids will delight family and friends when they add an extra touch to thank-you notes -- a fun sticker. To make, print out onto self-adhesive paper; then cut out. Affix stickers to handwritten thank-you notes or envelopes.
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Show kids that writing thank-you notes is easy when you know the basic elements. A child age 7 or older can write a short note like this one. For theRead More »from Tis the Season...To Keep Handwritten Thank-You Notes Alive
I don't care what anyone says, a miscarriage is never "just a miscarriage." It's a phrase I've heard so often, it makes me want to scream from the highest mountain top. Grief hits everyone differently, and while it may take "x" amount of time for one person to feel the fog of grief lifted, it doesn't mean that same timeline should be held to another person or family.
Miscarriage can be more complicated than the simplicity of the term "pregnancy loss" seems to bring with it. A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy, of a child, a family member, of hopes and dreams, of holding your child, of knowing them, of watching them grow, and the list can go on. No, I am not being dramatic; I know these losses firsthand.
It's important to take time to grieve after a miscarriage, and if you've not been through grief before, that alone can hit you hard. The conflicting emotions, the not knowing if it will all be okay again, and just how to help yourself heal after such a loss. I was so lostRead More »from 7 Steps I’ve Taken to Heal After My Miscarriage
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:25 AM EST
We've hired foreign nannies, local nannies, older nannies, younger nannies. They've quit, they've been fired, things dissolved with mutual agreement. We've seen it all, and it's been crazy.
The market is so demanding for childcare that it's like buying a house at the peak of the market. You know that if you don't put an offer in right away, you'll lose the chance. So instead of finding the perfect person, you end up taking the first available. At least that's been our experience working with caregivers.
We finally have it right with our latest hire, but it has taken much trial and error to get there.
If you've ever been online dating, you know what it's like to try and find a nanny. You sign up for agencies and referral services and networking websites. You read profiles, backgrounds, resumes, and references. You trade a couple of emails, maybe do a Skype call, and then you have to decide. You go a lot on gut feeling.Read More »from 5 Things Parents Need to Consider Before Hiring a Nanny
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
The members of the Olivet Eagles could teach some professional football players a thing or two about character. The football team from Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, devised a plan to give a learning-disabled teammate an opportunity to score a goal, "just, like, to make someone's day."
Just as we're finding out that Miami Dolphins coaches may have actually instructed Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin, here are some kids who plotted out kindness all on their own -- even keeping their coach out of the loop.
What's really striking about this report from CBS Evening News isn't just how happy Keith Orr was about scoring a goal. It's not that a group of middle school football players good-naturedly put up with an overabundance of hugs from another boy and make sure he feels like he's part of the team. What's remarkable about this story is the effect it had on the team itself.
Even though theRead More »from The Middle School Football Team that Could Teach the NFL a Thing or Two About Character
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
There are many things MOBs (moms of boys) know all about: the art of distracting a young son in the women's dressing room while we discreetly try on clothing, the importance of expending pent-up boy energy before going inside a restaurant, and challenges of getting a boy to pee inside the toilet of a women's restroom.
But what happens when bringing your son into the women's restroom begins to feel … weird?
Around the time Boy Wonder began protesting his admittance inside the ladies' restroom, I began getting what I perceived to be "looks" from fellow ladies saying, "Hey lady, your kid is too old to be in here." Perhaps we was, but at 8 and 9 years old, was my son really too old to occupy a stall in a women's public restroom? Personally, I don't think anything of a young boy with a female guardian in a public restroom. I mean, what's there to see? A tampon machine? If we're all just behind stalls searching for purse hooks and flushing the toilets with our feet, what's the bigRead More »from When Should Boys Be Allowed to Use Public Restrooms Alone?
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